Annual Medical Camp at Dera Baba Jaimal Singh
Run by the Dera Hospital, a program to provide free medical check-ups for sevadars started in the early 1990s. It was formally organized on a larger scale in 2003 and was named the Annual Medical Check-up (AMC). The objectives of the AMC (and follow-up treatment) are to prevent diseases, to identify risk factors for common diseases, and to detect underlying diseases that have not yet manifested symptoms. It helps to establish a baseline of the patients’ health that the doctor can use to detect unhealthy trends before they become risk factors. Many chronic diseases are caused by poor lifestyle habits. To address these issues, an awareness program and counseling sessions are conducted after the AMC to encourage sevadars to take care of themselves through good diet, proper exercise and a wholesome lifestyle. Maintaining one’s health is a continuous process and involves personal efforts to ensure that healthy practices are put into action.